Four Steps to Find Your Passion
1. Love everything you do. From this moment forward, if you don’t like something, you’ve got two choices: stop doing it (quit, delegate it, hire it out) OR love it with all your heart. Anything else is madness. When you commit to love everything you do, you strengthen your “passion muscles” from the inside out and open up a divine channel so that what you’re meant to do can be revealed. Remember, we human beings are creatures of habit. You can’t be whiny, complainy, and miserable for eighty percent of your day and expect to be enthusiastic and passionate in the last twenty percent. And if you’re feeling really stuck on this whole “finding your passion” thing, this is the fastest way to get your motor running. Know this: Truly successful people are never the victim of their circumstances. They realize they have ultimate power in any situation and take responsibility for their experience. Don’t forget: In any given moment, if you can’t change what you’re doing, you can always change how you’re doing it.
2. Look at your book collection, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and credit card statements. Notice any themes? What subjects are you constantly gravitating toward? What are you already spending your time, money, and energy on? What thread(s) have been recurring in your life again and again? As best as you can, check in with your heart and physical body, not your head. Anything “light you up” so to speak? Do you feel a sense of expansion in your body? Do you feel excitement (or perhaps even a little fear) when you imagine a certain topic or possibility? Those are all good signs. Remember, our passions are often irrational and war with logic and reason. That’s why it’s important to shift your attention into your heart and your physical body when exploring these questions. Your heart and physical body contain wisdom far beyond the capacity of your mind.
3. What do you love to talk about, learn about, and/or teach others about? This is a really useful question. Don’t edit yourself here. With nearly seven billion people on the planet, chances are that there’s a market out there hungry for information, products, or resources on your topic. Or there’s a company looking for someone with your unique set of gifts and interests to join their team. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, ask close friends and family (the honest ones) what you never seem to shut up about. Also, don’t underestimate the power of incorporating your passion into your already existing career or business. You may not need a total overhaul in what you’re doing. Maybe you simply need to inject more of what you LOVE into your life right now.
4. Quit talking and start doing. Now that you’ve gotten this far, the next step is to begin taking consistent passion-based action each day. That could mean writing, making videos, recording audios, taking a class, or somehow engaging in an activity you love. And here’s the best part. Taking action on your passion often requires little to no cash outlay. Articles, videos, and writing take no money. Only time, effort, and focus. And beginner classes can often be inexpensive or, sometimes, even free. Building your life around what you love is something you’ll never regret. It’s your passion for what you do that will give you the drive, commitment, and energy necessary to create any amount of success and fulfillment you desire, and you’ll have an extraordinary time while you do it. One of the most common stumbling blocks to launching a passion-based life is figuring out what you’re passionate about in the first place.